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A.M. notes: Sundance sets record, Utah officials react to Scalise shooting, Trump to be investigated

People walk in the snow in Park City as they attend Sundance on Sunday, Jan., 22, 2017.
People walk in the snow in Park City as they attend Sundance on Sunday, Jan., 22, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for June 15.

Sundance sets new record

A new report from Y2 Analytics found that the 2017 Sundance film festival notched the highest attendance on record, the Deseret News reported.

More than 71,000 people attended the two-week event. Movie fans generated close to $151.5 million for the state of Utah in the process, according to the Deseret News.

Those numbers exceed the 2016 count, which was $143 million earned from 46,660 attendees, the report found.

"It is apparent that the Sundance Film Festival continues to have an expanding impact on Utah's vibrant and diverse economy,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said. “In addition to the obvious economic benefits, our ongoing collaboration with Sundance Institute highlights the exceptional cultural, recreational, tourism and business opportunities available here in Utah."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah congressional leaders respond to Scalise shooting

On Wednesday morning, a lone gunman who was reportedly upset over President Donald Trump’s election opened fire on members of the Republican Party’s congressional baseball team, the Deseret News reported.

Bullets rained down on the baseball field, hitting five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, according to the Deseret News.

"Unfortunately, Steve was shot," Utah Rep. Mia Love said. "But Steve being there literally saved the lives of all of those members."

Love wasn’t the only member of the Utah delegation to respond to the matter. Rep. Chris Stewart said that he felt “heartbroken” over the events.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Ott close to defaulting on home

Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott hasn’t been paying his home equity loan for almost a year, according to the Deseret News.

Ott’s home in Salt Lake might be sold by the bank in three months if he defaults on it, according to the Deseret News.

The Deseret News obtained a “notice of default” from Ott’s office.

Ott’s brother, Marty Ott, wondered where his brother’s paychecks have gone for the last 11 months.

"That's a big question," he said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Special counsel investigating Trump

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the special counsel who is overseeing the investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election is also looking into Trump for obstruction of justice.

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and investigators will look into any evidence that Trump and his associates committed any financial crimes, according to The Washington Post.

Trump previously received assurance from former FBI Director James Comey that he wasn’t under investigation, The Washington Post reported.

But Comey said in his testimony last week that Trump would likely be investigated for obstruction of justice.

Read more at The Washington Post.

A fidget spinner cookie?

BuzzFeed’s Tasty channel shared a new video of how to make cookies that look like fidget spinners.